While I was out at a meeting one night last week, Tomas and the kids decided that they wanted to have an Art School at home. This was their first assignment:
Tomas put one of his pens in the middle of the table and had the kids just draw what they saw, not think about what it should look like. Just the shapes, and shadows. I can’t tell you how excited and proud they were to show me their drawings when I got home. Miss M even gave me a mini lecture on negative space, proving that they really do absorb everything we tell them.
When they were done he asked them if they would like to have art class on an on-going basis. They said yes, and the discussion and debate around how often and how long ensued. B wanted art class every day of the week. The settled on twice a week — Tuesdays and Thursdays after dinner.
What I love about this is that his assignments are simple and clear, and we have time as a family to chat and catch up while we work on our pieces. We also all get to benefit from that BFA Tomas earned oh so many years ago ;-)